Julie Ritz

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CAPA Council Trip to the President's House and Phoenix Park

Apr 24, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2017_Michela Mickaluck Square.jpgMichela Mickaluck is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A public relations major at SUNY Oswego, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Michela takes a trip to the President's House and Phoenix Park on a spring day.


Thanks, Michela!

Michela's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland

The Southernmost Point: a Week in Patagonia

Apr 24, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Elizabeth Withers - Copy (2).jpgElizabeth Withers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in English literature and history & philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth shows us some incredible views of glaciers and wildlife in Patagonia.


The week before Easter was Spring Break here in Argentina, and I had an entire week free from classes. I headed to Patagonia, about as far South as possible, for lots of hiking and indescribable views, which I’ll spend this whole post trying to describe anyway. 

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Photo: Perrito Moreno

I went first to a town called El Calafate, at the Southernmost inhabited point in the world! The weather was cool and mild, with lots of breezes blowing in from the lake and mountains that form a picturesque ring around the town. I was so stunned by the variation in the mountain landscape-- jagged peaks capped with ice and snow, rounded boulders, striated cliffs.  I found myself wanting to look everywhere at once, there were just so many views to take in!

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Posted in: Travel, Buenos Aires, Argentina

How a Summer Abroad Led to Graduate School in London

Apr 24, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

A CAPA Alumna Interview: Victoria Ruggiero

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Meet Victoria Ruggiero, a communication and international business major who studied abroad in London in the summer of 2016. Below, she talks about her love of staying active outdoors, how her internship experience led her to want a job in the international sector, and why she loved living in Camden Town and thinks you would, too.

CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about yourself.
VICTORIA RUGGIERO: My name is Victoria Ruggiero; I am from Long Island, New York. I am graduating in May of this year from The State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego with a degree in Communication and International Business. At school, I am a part of the Ski and Snowboarding Club, as well as the Outdoor Club. I really enjoy anything outdoors; I love to hike, bike, swim, snowboard, and soak in the sun. I have an intense passion for traveling to various destinations and exploring new places. This past summer, I had the privilege of studying abroad in London with the CAPA program. Studying and interning in London was the best experience of my entire life. I was able to experience an entirely new culture which allowed me to learn so much about myself, and the world around me.

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Posted in: London, England, CAPA Alumni, Interviews

Off the Beaten Path: 6 Dublin Gems That are Worth the Detour

Apr 21, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2017_From Nathan Overlock - Profile Photo (Choice 1).jpgNathan Overlock is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A professional writing and information design major at Cedarville University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.

In this week's post, Nathan tells us the 6 places he recommends in Dublin that are off the beaten path.


Dublin is like many other large European cities: an exciting center, radiating out from the most exciting attractions, vibrant shopping areas, and historically significant sights. And then suburbs. Miles of sprawling suburbs. My first few weeks, I was amazed by how easily walkable the city is, and how I could go from one sight to the next in 5 minutes. In fact, I managed to check almost every spot off of my “must see in Dublin” list during my first weekend in Ireland. That’s not to say Dublin is small, or doesn’t have enough to see and do to fill all the time I’ve had here. However, with half a semester behind me, some of my favorite Dublin experience haven’t been crossing the Ha’Penny bridge, or visiting the Guinness Storehouse; they’ve been taking the time to branch out and experience the locations and events that aren’t just for tourists, but are embedded in the city’s culture. While it might be intimidating to venture off onto the side streets, or hop on a city bus for the first time, Dublin’s a city that’s hard to get truly lost in, with almost everyone ready and happy to offer directions, or point you in the right direction. And trust me, these 6 Dublin spots are worth the detour.

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1. Glasnevin Cemetery

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland

Changing My View: an Internship That Provides a Second Chance

Apr 21, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Dublin_Spring2017_From Moriah Adams Internship 1.jpgWords by Moriah Adams, a CAPA Spring 2017 student in Dublin, about her internship experience.


Studying abroad, even if only half way through, has taught me so many lessons. I knew that I would be in classes and placed in an internship, inevitably learning as a result, but the experience of doing so abroad is like nothing I could have experienced at home— a place where I’m comfortable and familiar with my surroundings. I was made aware of the location of my internship placement about three weeks prior to my departure, and considering the possibility of going to law school, I was pleased to hear that I would be working in a private law firm. However, very soon after, I was contacted again only to find out that my placement had been switched to another location that would be  “better fitted to my interests.” Curious, and a little nervous to have such a quick, unexpected change, I tried to keep an open mind as to what this new placement might be. With limited understanding as to what exactly my placement was, even after reading the description, I flew into Dublin with little-to-no expectations, and a lot of hope.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Internships in Dublin

Talking About Social Issues in Sydney

Apr 20, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPA_NatalieEmmert_Blogger_Sydney.pngNatalie Emmert is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A nursing major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Natalie discusses some social issues that she's noticed while studying in Sydney.


Thanks Natalie!

Natalie's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned!

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Posted in: Sydney, Australia, Cultural Differences

Another Trip South: the Amalfi Coast

Apr 20, 2017 2:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_From Danya Carithers - Square.jpgDanya Carithers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Danya takes us to the Amalfi Coast, exploring more of Southern Italy.


Whenever discussing my time abroad, people always ask what my favorite place I have visited is. I am always left pondering and saying that I love each place equally for each of their unique reasons. How am I supposed to decide between medieval buildings in Bruges, Belgium and tapas on the beach in Barcelona, Spain? But after this Easter weekend, I now have a definite answer. Three of my friends and I stayed in a small beach town called Atroni on the Amalfi coast. 

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Posted in: Travel, Florence, Italy

A Week with my Mom in Buenos Aires

Apr 20, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Niah Humphreys Square.jpgNiah Humphrey is an official CAPA vlogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communication major with a minor in Spanish at Auburn University, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Niah's mother visits her in Buenos Aires for a week, where they see tango, go to the mall, and more!



Thanks, Niah!

Niah's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cultural Insights

Connecting Global Cities: Billionaires and Les Miserables

Apr 20, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Julie Ritz

“Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.

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Global cities (and the countries they are located in) appear in various surveys each year. I regularly refer to them here. Last month saw two updates released – the 2017 Hurun Global Rich List (and where the wealthiest people live) and the Bloomberg 2017 “economic misery” list, which it is not good to be at the top of.

Money is not the most important thing to value in life – good health is more important, so there are several surveys of the most liveable cities, which I last covered in September 2016.

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Photo: High End hotel in Beijing's Sanlitun by Colin Speakman 

However, there seems to be a fascination about where rich people live and in fact it appears that many choose to live in global cities where they can enjoy all the things that money can buy. I recall an old movie, “The VIPs” where a millionaire was able to write a friend a blank cheque. Nowadays being a millionaire does not get one far into the Rich List. Anyone living in London or New York with a good-sized home and the mortgage paid off is likely to have net assets worth over a million US Dollars. We have to talk about multi-millionaires at least, and for the top end of the Rich List we need US Dollar billionaires. There are 2,257 billionaires in the world, an increase of 69 in the last year, according to Hurun research.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Global Cities

The Person I am Because of Study Abroad

Apr 19, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_London_Spring2017_Courtney Manning Profile Square.jpgCourtney Manning is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Convergence Journalism major at the University of Missouri-Columbia, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week's post, Courtney talks about studying abroad in London has changed her as a person in a positive way.


It’s hard to believe that I only have a week left of my program in London. I have dreamed about this trip since I was around five or six years old, and I’m honestly heartbroken about leaving. I’m blown away by how much I’ve changed during this trip- I knew I was going to change somewhat, but I never imagined it would be this drastic. I’m proud of my changes, though, because I feel that I am now truly a more cultured, tolerant and independent person than I was before.

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Posted in: London, England, Identity, Core Values


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